[gst-devel] H.264 streaming: choppy video + timestamp warnings

Parisot, Adam Adam.Parisot at barco.com
Tue Jul 20 20:46:56 CEST 2010

Hi all,

I'm trying to develop a GStreamer-based application to receive and
display H.264 video from a network source.  The protocol is not
particularly important.  I've tried raw UDP with MPEG-TS encapsulation
as well as RTP with no encapsulation and I'm seeing the same performance
issue in both cases.

Video starts skipping badly shortly after initiating playback and I see
these warnings from GStreamer:

> 0:00:03.165877350 21089       0xb09010 WARN                basesink
gstbasesink.c:2686:gst_base_sink_is_too_late:<sink> warning: A lot of
buffers are being dropped.
> 0:00:03.165917755 21089       0xb09010 WARN                basesink
gstbasesink.c:2686:gst_base_sink_is_too_late:<sink> warning: There may
be a timestamping problem, or this computer is too slow.

I can stream point-to-point between two instances of VLC just fine, so I
don't think there's an inherent problem with the hardware or network.

My pipeline looks like this (for UDP + MPEG-TS):

> udpsrc port=8200 caps="video/mpegts" \
>   ! mpegtsdemux \
>   ! ffdec_h264 \
>   ! glimagesink

I have tried inserting a queue at various points in the pipeline and an
"h264parse" element before the decoder, but neither brings any
noticeable improvement.

Also, the GStreamer core and good/bad/ugly plugin sets are all at the
latest released revisions.

Can anyone offer any insight as to what might be causing this behavior?


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